Google has lost its way with personalized results

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Last week, Google silently rolled out a new feature for their search algorithm called "Search, plus Your World," with an emphasis on the "plus." What Google has managed to do is to give their own service, Google +, more clout than any other social network within their search results. With this strategic move, Google has lost… Continue reading Google has lost its way with personalized results

Google Censoring Torrent Searches

A few days ago, Google began censoring search results with the word "torrent" in the query. Although this is only for their auto-complete and Google Instant searches, it shows something more disturbing. Why would Google block searches on torrents? Their business model is built on selling ads on search results pages so Google has no incentive to… Continue reading Google Censoring Torrent Searches

Spinning Like A Broken Record: Jammie Thomas-Rasset fined $1.5 Million

It seems like such a long time ago that I was studying Jammie Thomas' case for my article on digital piracy.  It seems that she lost her retrial and has been fined $1.5 million for sharing 1,700 songs.  Before her retrial, the RIAA wanted to settle with her for $222,222.  She refused. I do not… Continue reading Spinning Like A Broken Record: Jammie Thomas-Rasset fined $1.5 Million

Why We Need the iPhone Jailbreak Community

In the past week, the nerds on the Internet were up in arms about Apple blocking Google Voice from it's app store and for good reason. This is not the first time that Apple has blocked an application for asinine reasons. Their reason for blocking Google Voice? It "duplicates iPhone features." I'm sorry, but NO… Continue reading Why We Need the iPhone Jailbreak Community

Olympic Ignoramuses: I’m talking to you, Spain and Argentina

I am infuriated by the picture of the Spanish basketball team using their fingers to pull back the skin of their eyes to make the "chink eye" look. This photo was run as an advertisement in Spain. If that wasn't enough, the Spanish tennis team was caught striking the same, offensive pose, pouring salt on… Continue reading Olympic Ignoramuses: I’m talking to you, Spain and Argentina

MLA

What is with the American obsession with the Modern Language Association of America's style of formatting a paper? Do other countries have something similar to the MLA format where a paper is not taken seriously if it is not in a certain format? To my surprise, some professors will not even look at your paper… Continue reading MLA